Tag Archive | Ottawa Poetry

FREE SHOW – Book Launch with Amber Dawn – June 13th at Venus Envy!

Hey, folks!
 
So VoV alumna, Lammy-award-winner, and all-around awesome Femme, Amber Dawn is doing a tour to launch her awesome new book of Glosas, Where the Words End and My Body Begins.
 
Her Ottawa stop will be a FREE show on Saturday, June 13th at Venus Envy. The show will start at at 7:30pm, will feature local performers Allison Armstrong and Kalyani Pandya, and will include a sex-positive write-in (audience non-mandatory participation, YAY) during the show.
 
There will be love-letters to queerdom, poetry about queer history, femme identity, modeling, & sexwork, short stories told and read, and, as the flyer puts it, a whole lot of “sex, sass, humour, and healing”.
 
In short, you should all come.
 

FREE show ft Amber Dawn, Kalyani Pandya, and ME!
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venus Envy (226 Bank St, Ottawa)

All of the Awesome in One Festival. OMG.

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Rogues. You may wish to take a gander at the VERSeFest 2014 Schedule, as it is fucking awesome.
 
These are just a few of the brilliant poets who will be strutting their stuff the March:
Lenelle Moïse, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Mary Pinkoski, D-Lightfull, Sarah de Leeuw, Marilyn Irwin, Philoso-Fire, Sarah Clancy, Sandra Alland, Selina Boan, Amanda Earl, Nina Berkhout, Liz Lochhead, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Katherena Vermette, Sue Goyette, Karen Connelly, Susan Gillis, Margaret Christakos, Moe Clark, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Danielle K. L. Gregoire, Mary Ruefle, and buckets more.
 
I don’t know about you, but I’m very fucking excited. 😀
 
 
TTFN,
A.

Voices of Venus 4th Birthday Party and Grand Finale ft Klayani Pandya and Pearl Pirie

Hello everybody!

This Wednesday, May 8th, marks VoV’s 4th birthday and will also wrap up four years of monthly shows.

Come for the Open Mic Stay for the Features And Also the Cupcakes

Come for the Open Mic
Stay for the Features
And Also the Cupcakes

Join us for birthday cupcakes, bring your own stories and poems to our all-women open mic, and enjoy feature performances by poetry scene veteran Pearl Pirie and up-and-coming story-teller Kalyani Pandya. Let’s take things out with a bang! 😀

Final Instalment of VoV’s Monthly Showcase

So, as you know, next month marks VoV’s fourth anniversary.
 
To mark the occasion, our show will include multiple feature performers and, of course, cupcakes for all to enjoy. Partly this is to celebrate four years of women’s live lit and spoken word in Ottawa; but it’s also a farewell party that will take us out with a bang.
 
Next month’s show, May 8th, will be VoV’s final instalment as a monthly showcase.
While Voices of Venus will continue to run Special Presentations as and when we have the opportunity to do so, I can no-longer financially support this showcase and, thus, it’s time for me to move on to other adventures.
 
You all, of course, have been utterly wonderful, and I absolutely treasure what we’ve made together. 🙂
 
Thank you.

VERSeFest 2013! :-D

So, as you all know, VERSeFest 2013 kicks off TONIGHT with a contingent of poets from Australia, among numerous others.
 
But I’m not here to talk about that.
 
I am, of course, tipping you all off about tomorrow’s 7pm show, Music In/Fusion ft Luna Allison and Lady Katalyst and present by yours truly, VoV. 🙂
 
 

Join us at Knox Presbyterian Church (Elgin at Lisgar) on Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm!  $10 at the door or through versefest.ca

Join us at Knox Presbyterian Church (Elgin at Lisgar) on Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm! $10 at the door or through versefest.ca


 
 
A bit about Luna:
Luna Allison is by turns a page poet, spoken word artist, playwright, journalist, singer and actor. She has been featured in numerous literary and spoken word series, festivals and venues across North America and heard on CBC Radio. Her award-winning first play, Falling Open, has been featured at the Ottawa Fringe, the Montreal Fringe and The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Undercurrents Festival. Luna is currently working on a new play about sin and friendship, along with a collection of poems about patience called The Waiting Room.
 
 
A bit about Kat:
Lady Katalyst is a poet & hiphop artist based in Montreal, Canada, who has been performing as a solo artist and with the Kalmunity Vibe Collective for over ten years in Montreal and throughout parts of Canada. Her styles range from Hiphop to Spoken word to Jazz-infused melodic flows, and her work conveys real life situations through lyrical storytelling. Her philosophy as an artist is to always push towards the unknown and to live outside of her comfort zone in order to create what’s next. Her work has been published in ‘The Talking Book’. Her debut album, “Souliloquies”, brings words spoken, songs sung and raps flowed; blurring the lines between musical genres like hiphop, jazz, blues, reggae and soul.
 
 
Tickets are available online or at the door.
 
Come out and join us for an unforgetable evening!
 
 
TTFN,
A.

Upcoming Events – February 2013

Hey folks,
Thanks for making tonights show – complete with unexpected last-minute venue change – a success. It was wonderful to see you all out. 🙂
How many of you have gone home hunting mangoes, after hearing Jackie’s poem? 😉
 
Below is just a smattering of the spoken word and live lit events happening in Ottawa during the second half of February. Please do check them out. 🙂
 
 

Friday, Feb 15th

 
Dusty Owl presents “Senior Love Poetry” (a fundraiser for VERSeFest – there will be goofy prizes)
Mug Shots – pub in the Jail House Hostel
9pm
PWYC
 
 

Saturday, Feb 16th

 
Ottawa Storytellers’ Speaking Out Speaking In present “Beyond the Underground Railroad – Black History in Canada” ft Ruthanne Edward and Greg Frankson
7:30pm
Tickets are $25.50 at the NAC Box Office
 
 

Sunday Feb 17th

 
Dusty Owl presents a fundraiser for the Black Youth Conference, ft Jacqueline Lawrence & John Akpata
Mug Shots – pub in the Jail House Hostel
3pm
PWYC
 
AB Series presents Luna Allison and evalyn parry
Raw Sugar
7:30
$12
 
 

Sunday, February 24th

 
Words of a Poet – Vol. IV ft Raliq Bashard, Komi Olaf, Ikenna Onyegbula, Hodan Ibrahim, Brandon Wint, Ragaeeb, Synonymous, and Ibn Najeeb
Ottawa Little Theatre
7pm
Cost Unknown
 
 

Tuesday, February 26th

 
Tree Reading Series presents:
6:45pm – Tree Seeds workshop: Playing with Constraints with Gwynn Scheltema
8pm – Show ft Monty Reid & Nina Berkhout
Arts Court Library
PWYC
 
Ottawa Story Tellers’ Stories and Tea presents “Tailored Tales: Clothes encounters of the woven kind” ft. Nicole Lavigne and Phil Nagy
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
 

NOTE: Next Month VoV will be at Knox Church (Elgin at Lisgar) because it’s VERSeFest Time! We will be featuring Luna Allison and Lady Katalyst, and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $10 OR attend both of that evening’s shows for $15.

 
 
TTFN, and see you next month at VERSeFest,
A.